Sarah Perlman

Sarah Perlman

Instruments: Violin

Students: Beginner through Advanced, Age 6+

Styles: Classical, Celtic, Klezmer, Swing, Blues

Preferred pronouns: she/her

Sarah Perlman grew up studying classical music. By the time she reached 4th grade, she was already playing piano. On her first visit to the local string store, she woke up and smelled the rosin. Sarah soon gravitated to fiddle and musical improvisation. She now plays and performs a wide variety of styles from Classical and Celtic to Blues and Swing. Sarah studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory; pedagogy with Margaret Pressley in Seattle; Suzuki teacher training; and a specialized course for violin and viola teachers at Indiana University.

On Sarah’s Stereo:
My listening is usually focused on whatever I'm learning at the moment, the gamut that includes classical, Celtic, Swing, Klezmer! Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, any blues I can find, and lots of recommendations from other musicians.

Favorite Gig:
A guitarist and I play in a duo called RedPerl, which is based on Vashon Island. My parents were visiting from Ohio and came to one of our first concerts, so we played a vintage classic called "Alice Blue Gown". My mom's name is Alice, and her dad sang her that tune when she was little. Hearing the song again, she became teary. It was a sweet moment.

Why Sarah Loves West Side Music Academy:
I appreciate that WSMA fills a niche in West Seattle; giving kids and adults a place to learn music in the styles they love. The variety of programs -- private lessons, group classes and clinics, summer camps -- creates a great resource.